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Star Giants

Star Giants by Rachel Coyne

Artist’s Statement

Technique: acrylic on paper, 18" x 24" unframed.

My main artistic occupation is writing novels, but recently I’ve returned to painting. I tend to think though, that even while I’m painting, I’m still writing a story - preferably one with a little mystery. Star Giants with its insignificant houses and giant unknowns reflects a common theme in my paintings: visions of the tiny, blind place humans occupy in the natural world. We think we are observing the universe, but it is watching us as well.

Bite

Bite by Rachel Coyne

Artist’s Statement

Technique: acrylic on paper, 18" x 24" unframed.

I paint a lot of snakes. To me, they represent mystery, rebirth (snakes shed their skin after all, they grow and change), healing, healthy sexuality. Here in Bite I’ve mixed a snake image with an old European symbol from the Middle Ages - that of the pelican feeding its child with blood from its own breast. The mix of the images is pleasantly unsettling to me.

About the Artist

Rachel Coyne is a writer and painter from Minnesota. Her previous books include Daughter, Have I Told You? (Henry Holt), Whiskey Heart (New River Press) and The Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake (New River Press). She recently released the final book in the Young Adult e-book series The Antigone Ravynn Chronicles.